News for Tuesday, October 13, 2009

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BBQ gives off smell of success

COVINGTON - The rain held off, giving over to mostly sunny skies for last weekend's Sherman's Last Burning Fall Festival and Barbecue Cook-Off held at Legion Field. The fourth annual event brought in some 3,500 to 4,000 visitors and by all accounts has been proclaimed yet another fundraising success by the Covington Lions Club.

Henderson charged with battery Commissioner arrested after police respond to incident with wife

COVINGTON - Newton County Commissioner J.C. Henderson was arrested Saturday afternoon and charged with battery under the Family Violence Act.

Chief asks for speedy assistance Additional officer sought to help slow down drivers

PORTERDALE - Recent figures on the number of speeders driving through Porterdale prompted Police Chief Wayne Digby to ask the council's consideration for adding a traffic enforcement officer to the force.

Alcovy High student aces PSAT

COVINGTON - A Newton County high school student recently was named a semifinalist in the 2010 National Merit Scholarship Program.

A cool, dry place to read

Ficquett Elementary School kindergartner is spending the first day of his fall break from school inside due to the rainy weather that prevailed Monday. Angel Voogd, 5, went to the library with his mother and read "Bully."

The White stuff: WR has breakout game in Falcons' win

SAN FRANCISCO - Roddy White finally had the kind of game he's been waiting for, and he celebrated his biggest play in that performance with a flip in the end zone.

Health Reports - 10/13/09

The following food service establishment inspection reports were provided by the Environmental Health Division of the Rockdale County Health Department and the Newton County Health Department. Restaurants that score from 90 to 100 get a letter grade A; those that rate 80-89 get a B; a tally of 70-79 is a C; and below 70 is a U, or unacceptable. A restaurant scoring 70 or above is allowed to operate if there are no critical violations. If a facility is rated U on consecutive inspections, it must close and the owner must prove that it can be operated safely before reopening is allowed. Readers who would like to know more about a restaurant's score may go online at www.eastmetrohealth.com to read any violations recorded in the report.

Community Calendar - 10/13/09

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Tech gains momentum with first win at FSU

ATLANTA - Paul Johnson isn't spending much time savoring Georgia Tech's first win at Florida State in seven tries.

Richt: Georgia struggled in every area

ATLANTA - For once, playing as a team is not such a good thing for Georgia.

Runs for state take off today All Newton softball teams start with doubleheaders

All three Newton County softball teams are hoping today is just the beginning of a long playoff run. Even with the Georgia High School Association adopting a baseball-style best-of-three format in the first and second rounds, Eastside, Alcovy and Newton all have a legitimate shot of advancing.

Lady Eagles get berth in volleyball tournament Third-place finish in area gives Eastside trip to state

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Eastside volleyball team earned a trip to the Class AAA state playoffs with a third-place finish in the Area 8-AAAA tournament Saturday at Archer High School.

Government Meetings - 10/13/09

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